Britney's Back, Whitney's Still Over Bobby, And A-Rod Splits His Holiday In Two

  • Britney Spears took the stage for the first time since her trainwreck performance at the 2007 VMAs on Thursday night, getting through a circus-themed rendition of "Womanizer" relatively unscathed. "Britney looked a little nervous," says a source, but "she had the audience excited."[People]
  • Meanwhile, Britney tells Glamour magazine: "I'd like to stop worrying so much, because I worry all the time. And to learn how to be happier, just in general. I have to learn to take things not so seriously." [ONTD]
  • A-Rod celebrated two Thanksgivings: one with his ex-wife and children, and one with Madonna. [People]
  • In perhaps the most random casting news EVER, Sharon Stone and Kim Cattrall are apparently up for roles in the next Police Academy movie. [Daily Express]
  • Whitney Houston wants you all to know that she's not getting back together with Bobby Brown. According to her rep, Nancy Seltzer, the rumors are "a complete fabrication."[Yahoo]
  • Uh-oh: was Winona Ryder caught stealing again? Or is it all a big misunderstanding? [TMZ]
  • Demi Moore says her engagement ring from Ashton Kutcher is her favorite piece of jewelry: "I love diamonds over any other stones," Moore says, "I'm a big fan but my engagement ring will always be my favourite." Meanwhile, my favorite piece of jewelry is the strawberry Ring Pop I have on right now. [TheStar]
  • What keeps Daryl Hannah up at night? "That we're in the midst of a massive population explosion, a credit crisis, there's climate chaos, poverty, unprecedented loss of species, loss of open wild space, resource depletion and growing dead zones and yet we still act slowly, if at all. What's wrong with us?"[TheGuardian]
  • Travis Barker has a lot to give thanks for this year: "I wanted to say thanks ... and share my gratitude for everything I've been blessed with," Barker writes on his blog, "Family, friends, and continued support from everyone. Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living. My best to everyone." [People]
  • The economy is even hitting Erica Kane: Susan Lucci has agreed to take a pay cut in order to continue playing her legendary All My Children character. [USNews]
  • Fear not, fashionistas: Roberto Cavalli has been cleared of tax evasion. [WWD]
  • Michael Phelps is getting serious with his girlfriend of two months, Caroline Pal: he invited her to spend Thanksgiving with his family.[People]
  • Gordon Ramsey is denying reports that he had an affair. "Mattress, mistress, mattress, mistress. What a load of bulls—t." [US Magazine]
  • John Travolta regrets turning down the role of Billy Flynn in the film version of Chicago: "I wasn't all that into the stage show. It was a lot of women who hated men and I like women who like men. (laughs) The stage show was kind of vicious but the movie had a heart."[Reuters]
  • Sad news: William Gibson, the playwright who wrote The Miracle Worker, has died at the age of 94. [Reuters]
  • Barbara Walters claims that everything is a-ok on the set of The View: "'I don't know of any five women who get along as well as we do,'' Walters says. ''We're happy, and the show's success reflects that.''[NYTimes]
  • T.I. spent his Thanksgiving helping hand out hot meals to those in need at Turner Field in Atlanta, claiming that it was "a pleasure for me to help service those who are definitely in need of the service." [NYTimes]
  • Ouch: Rosie Live was a ratings disaster, rounding up only 5 million viewers. According to Rosie, "there will b no more" variety specials.[E!]